Useful Information for Cople Residents

Links and information are not always up-to-date. We try our best but If you notice anything needs updating please email me the new details to keep these pages updated, thank you.


Recycling and Household Waste

Bedford, Cople and other surrounding villages are fortunate to have a reliable fortnightly household rubbish and recycling collection plus nearby waste sites (Tidy Tips) which are clean, easy to use and at no additional cost. These sites allow you to deposit your waste items according to type, eg paper, metal, wood, electrical etc which permits efficient handling and recycling. Please use them.

Recycling News for Cople residents

Bedford Borough Council provides a glass recycling bin at the rear of the car park at The Five Bells public house. Residents can recycle green, brown and clear glass. Only these items can be placed in the recycling bin, if the bin is full, do not leave your recycling in bags or boxes on the floor, residents can contact the Council’s helpdesk on 0800 121 8888, and arrangements will be made for the bin to be emptied.

If full, the nearest glass recycling site to Cople Village is The Crown Public House, Station Road Willington or Tesco, Cardington Road Bedford. When using the site, please take any litter home with you and please consider local residents nearby and avoid using the site in unsociable hours. Please remember you can place paper and magazines in your orange bin or bags.

The good news is Bedford Borough is recycling 35%. If you would like a recycling bin/bags or a garden bin, or more information regarding waste and recycling, please ring the helpdesk on 0800 121 8888 to place your request or visit and follow the link at the top that reads Environment and Planning, then chose the Waste, Refuse and Recycling link on the left hand side.

What goes in each bin (green, orange,Black)

Bedford BC collection calendar can be found here


A large, modern, clean, easy-to-use recycling and waste site is in Barkers Lane, Bedford. Another one can be found just past Sainsbury’s in Biggleswade.


Bedford has several charity shops that are pleased to accept donations of books, clothes in good condition and other household items. Using the local telephone Yellow Pages locate those you wish to support to find out what, when and where to deliver it.

Also keep a watch for local fetes who often appreciate donations for their stalls and raffles.

Old toners and mobile phones

Cople Lower School is collecting empty laser printer/photocopier toner cartridges, inkjet cartridges and unwanted mobile phones.

Often these items should not be thrown away with normal household rubbish as they can pollute the environment. But they can be recycled. Not only is this environmentally friendly but with sufficient quantities can raise money for new school equipment.

Cople Lower School is collecting these items on an experimental basis. Please bring your unwanted cartridges and phones to the school.

If you wish to check first that the school is still running this scheme please phone the school on 01234 838827


Weekly household rubbish collections are made each Monday. Alternate weeks allow for the collection of garden waste and paper for recycling. During some winter months, the garden waste collection may be suspended.


The council will make special collections on request. There is a charge for this service


Some charities will collect useful, unwanted furniture that can be reused or sold for their charity. You will need to contact them to find out if they currently need the type of item you wish to donate.


Twice a year the council “bin men” visit the village and wait for residents to bring their waste to the skip lorries. This is usually in spring and autumn. Once announced the date and times are advertised around the village, in the Cople Village News monthly magazine and on this website.


The Reuse Centre (formerly Furniture Link) Gadsby Street, Bedford 01234 353578

Freegle: Offer still-useful items for free to local people looking for them. Post a quick link to Freegle. You select who you wish to have the item from the email replies. Usually, the receiver collects the item from you. If you are looking for something watch this site and respond with an email as to why you wish to have this item.

Emmaus – a charity that accepts secondhand goods and teaches the homeless new skills in renovating. Good shop and cafe. Nearest to Cople is the Carlton site 01234 720826


Unitary Council

From April 1st 2009 the Bedfordshire County Council (BCC) ceased to exist. The Bedford Borough Council (BBC) is now responsible for all areas previously performed by the BCC.

Parish Council

Cople Parish Council Clerk:

Jeanne Pope, 42 Wingfield Road, Bromham, Beds MK43 8JY
Tel: 01234 823297
Email:   [email protected]

Chair Councilor:

David Hughes

Click here for a contact list of Parish Council Members (PDF)

Within the Cople Parish boundaries, the Parish Council has responsibility for…

  • Allotments
  • Bus shelters
  • Cemeteries
  • Footpaths and bridleways (maintenance and signposting)
  • Litter bins
  • Parks and gardens
  • Play areas
  • Special events

Bedford Borough Council

From April 1st 2009 the Bedfordshire County Council (BCC) ceased to exist. The Bedford Borough Council (BBC) became responsible for all areas previously performed by BCC.

01234 267422


The BBC (Bedford Borough Council) has responsibility for everything else not listed under the Parish Council banner above

For details of future BBC meetings: BBC Meetings Calendar. This web page also has links to the many committees and other BBC information. Should these BBC links no longer work please try and look for links to “Council and Democracy” and “Council Meetings.”

The Council on   Twitter   Facebook

Cople is in the Great Barford ward. The County Councilors for this ward are (at the time of writing) Carole Ellis and Stephen Moon. Their contact details can be found at (click Council and Democracy > Your Council > Your Councilors> Find Your Council and search for WARD Great Barford.)



Highways and pathways in poor condition; report to 01234 228661 or email [email protected]

Potholes and street light faults, report them online for North Beds areas

Winter road salting North Beds tel: 01234 267422

Winter road salting Mid Beds


Railway: Nearest stations are Bedford (north to Leicester or south to London St. Pancras and Brighton) or Biggleswade and Sandy (north to Peterborough or York and south to London Kings Cross.) Timetables:


Grant Palmer has three bus services through Cople, 73, 74 and 27. These are mainly daytime services only and much less frequent on Sundays.
The 73 runs between Bedford and Biggleswade via Sandy and Moggerhanger stopping at the junction of the A603 and Willington Road, Cople. Every 30 minutes at best.
The 74 runs between Bedford and Biggleswade via Ickwell and Northill stopping at Cople Church. Every 60 minutes at best.
The 27 is a circular anti-clockwise village route: Bedford to Cardington, Cople, Willington, Great Barford, Renhold, Wilden, Ravensden and back to Bedford. 4 / day, Monday to Saturday
Bedford Area Bus Users Society represents the interests of bus users in the Bedford area

Health and Welfare

Medical Emergency

In an emergency dial 999 or when it is less urgent than 999 dial 101 More information

Carers Support Service in Bedfordshire

If you or someone you know provides unpaid support (not including benefits) to someone who is ill, frail, disabled or who has a mental health or substance misuse problem – that makes you a carer. Many carers do not see themselves as carers; they say they are just someone’s husband, wife, relative, friend or neighbour. However, if you carry out caring responsibilities for someone who could not manage without your help then that means you are a carer and are entitled to information and support.

For information, advice and support around your caring role contact Carers in Bedfordshire on 0300 111 1919, email [email protected] or

NHS Telephone Support

Emergency: always phone 999

Non emergency: phone 111 (you will be asked a series of questions to assess your symptoms and direct you to the appropriate medical care, details)

Online self help: NHS Sympton Checker


Trading Standards Approved Scheme. North Bedfordshire council no longer support a list of approved local traders but do list neighbouring areas, eg Mid Beds and Milton Keynes, that do still support and promote their local approved trader lists Other areas

Buy With Confidence is a government-arranged “approved trader” scheme working with many county councils but unfortunately not Bedford nor Mid Beds so not many hits for our area, Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Luton do support this scheme.

Try: Which Trusted Traders , Trusted Trader , Rated People  or  Trust Mark  or  ask friends, neighbours and relations for their recommendations. See this Guardian article for trade group details

Pest Control (Beds CC Environment, a charge may apply) telephone 01234 718060 (open office hours.) Also, don’t forget the locally based Ace Pest Control 01234 838391

Beware Rogue Traders – Observer article April 2018 (see the summary at the end of the article “How to Avoid Cowboys”)


Registering Products – Register your fridge, dryer, washing machine, dishwasher etc and get notified if it is subject to a manufacturer’s recall Click here

Product Recalls – Uk Govt listing of existing recalls Click Here

Vehicles – UK Govt listing of recalls and past MOT history simply by entering the vehicle registration number. Check log book isn’t for a stolen vehicle, MOT history, match details to seller before buying.  Click here

Resilience – Bedfordshire and Luton Local Resilience Forum. Be informed, be prepared, and contact numbers for various emergencies; weather, flooding, transport, terrorism, pandemics influenza etc.

Cold Calling – No Cold Calling Zone – Rapid Response Team. Unwanted callers should be reported on 08454 040506, click here

Flood Map Online map from the Environment Agency. Most of Cople seems clear, Water End has a risk from an extreme flood